O'Brien County, IA

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2022 Population
14,138
0.00707% 1-year decline
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
40.4
0.737% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
12.1%
3.28% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$65,076
4.47% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$141,900
15.5% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, O'Brien County, IA had a population of 14.1k people with a median age of 40.4 and a median household income of $65,076. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of O'Brien County, IA declined from 14,139 to 14,138, a −0.00707% decrease and its median household income grew from $62,292 to $65,076, a 4.47% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in O'Brien County, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (90.4%), Two+ (Hispanic) (2.98%), Other (Hispanic) (1.58%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.56%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.39%).

None of the households in O'Brien County, IA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.8% of the residents in O'Brien County, IA are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in O'Brien County, IA was $141,900, and the homeownership rate was 76%.

Most people in O'Brien County, IA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 17 minutes. The average car ownership in O'Brien County, IA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

O'Brien County, IA is home to a population of 14.1k people, from which 97.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.53% of O'Brien County, IA residents were born outside of the country (499 people).

In 2022, there were 30.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (12.8k people) in O'Brien County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 422 Two+ (Hispanic) and 224 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.8%
2022 Citizenship
98.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.8% of O'Brien County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in O'Brien County, IA was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in O'Brien County, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    12.8k ± 113
  2. Two+ (Hispanic)
    422 ± 220
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    224 ± 167
5.75%
Hispanic Population
813 people

In 2022, there were 30.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (12.8k people) in O'Brien County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 422 Two+ (Hispanic) and 224 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.75% of the people in O'Brien County, IA are hispanic (813 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in O'Brien County, IA as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.53%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
499 people
2.45%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
347 people

As of 2022, 3.53% of O'Brien County, IA residents (499 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in O'Brien County, IA was 2.45%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    226 ± 73
  2. Korea
    139 ± 73
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    88 ± 62

O'Brien County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.63 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of O'Brien County, IA employs 6.95k people. The largest industries in O'Brien County, IA are Manufacturing (1,247 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,170 people), and Educational Services (726 people), and the highest paying industries are Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation ($70,455), Finance & Insurance ($69,830), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($68,580).

Occupations

6.95k
2022 Value
± 491
−2.81%
1 Year decline
± 10.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in O'Brien County, IA declined at a rate of −2.81%, from 7.15k employees to 6.95k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in O'Brien County, IA, are Management Occupations (706 people), Production Occupations (648 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (557 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of O'Brien County, IA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

6.95k
2022 Value
± 491
−2.81%
1 Year decline
± 10.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in O'Brien County, IA declined at a rate of −2.81%, from 7.15k employees to 6.95k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in O'Brien County, IA, are Manufacturing (1,247 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,170 people), and Educational Services (726 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of O'Brien County, IA, though some of these residents may live in O'Brien County, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$51,636
Median earning men ± $2,654
$27,159
Median earning women ± $3,706

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($108,523), Public Administration ($78,702), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($65,000).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($60,000), Construction ($47,500), and Public Administration ($43,917).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.57M people employed in Iowa. This represents a 1.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Iowa.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 185
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 128
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 118
    Other Services, Except Public Administration

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in O'Brien County, IA went to Donald J. Trump with 77.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (20.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.02%).

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing the state of Iowa. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Iowa

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Chuck Grassley
Senator from Iowa3
Assumed office on January 3, 1981
Joni Ernst
Senator from Iowa2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing Iowa.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Iowa

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Iowa have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.66% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.685% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (751k), Some college (564k), and Bachelors Degree (469k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in O'Brien County, IA was $141,900 in 2022, which is 0.503 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $122,900 to $141,900, a 15.5% increase. The homeownership rate in O'Brien County, IA is 76%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in O'Brien County, IA have an average commute time of 17 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in O'Brien County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in O'Brien County, IA is $65,076. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in O'Brien County, IA was Census Tract 4902 with a value of $69,000, followed by Census Tract 4903 and Census Tract 4904, with respective values of $67,587 and $64,453.

Property

$141,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$12,274
$4,333
Median Property Taxes
±$356

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In O'Brien County, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

76%
Homeownership
2022
67.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 76% of the housing units in O'Brien County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 4902
  2. Census Tract 4903
  3. Census Tract 4904

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in O'Brien County, IA was Census Tract 4902 with a value of $69,000, followed by Census Tract 4903 and Census Tract 4904, with respective values of $67,587 and $64,453.

The following map shows all of the tracts in O'Brien County, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$65,076
Median Household Income
± $6,868
5.7k
Number of Households
± 429

In 2022, the median household income of the 5.7k households in O'Brien County, IA grew to $65,076 from the previous year's value of $62,292.

The following chart displays the households in O'Brien County, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for O'Brien County, IA is from Iowa.
0.442
2022 Wage GINI in Iowa
0.439
2021 Wage GINI in Iowa

In 2022, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.723% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (82.3%)
  2. Carpooled (9.84%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.23%)

In 2022, 82.3% of workers in O'Brien County, IA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.84%) and those who worked at home (5.23%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

17 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in O'Brien County, IA have a shorter commute time (17 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.21% of the workforce in O'Brien County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in O'Brien County, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in O'Brien County, IA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

12.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in O'Brien County, IA (1.68k out of 13.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in O'Brien County, IA is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

96.8% of the population of O'Brien County, IA has health coverage, with 47.5% on employee plans, 19.5% on Medicaid, 16.6% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 0.821% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in O'Brien County, IA see 1528 patients per year on average, which represents a 10.4% increase from the previous year (1384 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1710 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 3420 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.3% were men and 50.7% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,528 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in O'Brien County, IA

Primary care physicians in O'Brien County, IA see an average of 1,528 patients per year. This represents a 10.4% increase from the previous year (1,384 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in O'Brien County, IA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.7% under 18 years, 18% between 18 and 34 years, 35.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 20.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.3% were men and 50.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

3.16%
Uninsured
47.5%
Employer Coverage
19.5%
Medicaid
16.6%
Medicare
12.4%
Non-Group
0.821%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in O'Brien County, IA declined by 8.49% from 3.45% to 3.16%.

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Health Outcomes

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 36.4% in O'Brien County, IA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 6.18% in O'Brien County, IA.

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